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Media, Youth and Civic Engagement

Freedom of expression and social responsibility are key dimensions of citizenship. Democracies rely on people who are capable of self-governance and who are not merely spectators of a political sideshow. Media literacy education helps students become critical thinkers, encouraging them to become skeptical about political messages without becoming cynical about them. By constructing media messages, working collaboratively and participating in meaningful dialogue about social and political issues, students develop the ability to advocate for themselves and their communities, activating real citizenship skills.

Teaching Resources

Finally, a media literacy textbook written by Renee Hobbs!

Now it's easier than ever to engage students and support learning through creating videos, animations, infographics and more 

A comprehensive three-volume curriculum created by Renee Hobbs and the Discovery Channel for the Maryland State Department of Education is available online.

An essential guide for educators designing synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.

Undergraduate and graduate students benefit from exploring the multidisciplinary history of media literacy

Reflect on why digital and media literacy matters for learning and teaching

Help students learn to ask questions about what they read, see, watch and listen to.

Research and Scholarship

  • Hobbs, R. ..(1996,January). Teaching Media Literacy Children and the media (Reprint of Media Studies Journal article, 1994).,103-111.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1994,January). The Billerica Initiative Brings Media Literacy to Middle School Community Media Review,.
  • Hobbs, R. & Folkemer, P..(1994,January).A New Lens on Channel One Education Week ,37.
  • Hobbs, R...(1994,January).Teaching Media Literacy - Yo! Are You Hip To This? Media Studies Journal,135-145.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1994,).The Billerica Initiative Telemedium: The Journal of Media Literacy,34-39.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1993,August).See Dick and Jane Deconstruct: ABC's of Teaching Media Literacy The Independent,25-30.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1993,November).Channel One: Schulfernseshen zwischen innovation und kommerz (The Promise and Peril of Channel One) Bertelsmann Briefe,.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1992,).Teaching the Media Journal of Communication,p. 180-184.
  • Hobbs, R...(1991,February). Notes of a No TV survivor Boston Globe,Feb 18: C1.
  • Hobbs, R., Stauffer, J., Frost, R. & Davis, A...(1988,January).How First Time Viewers Comprehend Editing Journal of Communication,50-60.
  • Hobbs, R...(1988,January). Stop(ping) the Presses! Christian Science Monitor,.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1988,).Review of "The Media Lab" by S. Brand Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media,119-121.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1988,).Liberal bias? Review of "The Media Elite," by S. R. Lichter, S. Rothman and L. Lichter Journal of Communication,p. 154-157.
  • Hobbs, R. ..(1987,).Review of "The Cult of Information" by Theodore Roszak Journal of Communication ,159-161.

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